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Our Most Frequently Asked Personal Injury Questions

Q: Bills are piling up and it’s creating stress. Is there any help I can get now, while I’m unable to work or while I’m going to the doctor?

Likely yes. Eliminating added stress and burden is what we do. We know what questions to ask and where to look for help. We will work with you to get you the help you need now.

Q: Am I going to end up with less money in my pocket by hiring a lawyer?

Maybe. We believe in doing what’s right, no matter what and will tell you if you do not need a lawyer – free of charge. We only take cases if we believe our services will help you receive greater benefits than you would without a lawyer, and we’ll tell you if an attorney is likely not needed or recommended.

Q: The adjuster is offering me a settlement. Is it fair?

Probably not. The adjuster has financial incentives to minimize your recovery. There are many ways the adjuster tries to do this. One way is to minimize your medical bills by counting only what health insurance has paid at a reduced rate and not the full charge for the bill, which the law requires. Also, be very wary of adjusters offering to settle a case early, before you have finished recovering, especially in the case of a spine or head injury. In most cases, you have four years from the date of the accident to settle or file your claim.

Q: If my car is totaled in a collision, will I be treated fairly on the property damage claim?

Unfortunately, the answer is often ‘no’. When another driver wrecks your car beyond repair, his/her insurance company should pay you the actual cash value of your car before it was totaled. The industry standard definition of actual cash value is “replacement cost” minus “depreciation.” Insurance companies often try to cherry pick the most insurance-friendly numbers. The insurer also should pay for the sales tax on the new vehicle that you purchase with the insurance company.

Q: What are the categories of damages I can recover as part of a settlement?

  • Lost wages and income, even if your time off was covered by personal time off (PTO) or sick leave
  • Full charges of all medical care received
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Inconvenience
  • Permanent disability, impairment, scarring
  • A spouse or parent’s loss of consortium (If death has resulted, damages are calculated differently)

Contact Our Knowledgeable Attorneys For More Information

If you have additional questions for our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers, please call 402-817-2717 or 800-655-9606 toll free to schedule a free initial consultation. You may also contact Atwood, Holsten, Brown, Deaver, Spier & Israel online. With offices in Lincoln and Omaha, we serve clients in Nebraska and Iowa.

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What Our Clients Say

The lawyers and support staff at Atwood Law Firm showed me sincere interest and caring on a very personal level, and I knew at all times my interests were front and center in all aspects of my workers' compensation case. This office is staffed by a great group of people. You can relax and be assured that your welfare comes first and foremost in their decisions and actions with respect to your legal case. You are kept aware of the process and progress in your case at all times, and your input is welcomed. I highly recommend the Atwood Law Firm to anyone needing legal assistance.

- WN

I cannot thank you enough for the peace of mind you have brought to my family! Both of my parents are extremely grateful for your work. I knew we were in good hands from the first meeting and you have exceeded all my expectations! It may feel straightforward to you, but to us, you have moved mountains. This settlement will allow my parents, particularly my Dad, to enjoy the rest of their lives to the fullest of their abilities. We all agree that we would give every cent back and more for my Dad to walk again, but that is not going to happen...

- DW

"...He didn't treat me like I was one of 100 clients. He treated me like I was his only client. He acted professionally but with empathy, dignity and friendliness. It didn't matter if it was something small or large, he was always there for me, be it by phone, fax, email, cellphone or meeting me personally at his office or elsewhere. He never rushed me when I didn't understand something, he'd take as much time as needed to explain things to me, especially when it came time for my deposition and in preparation for trial. He was there for me when I truly needed his help..."

- CG

"...My husband and I felt his kindness immediately and were both very impressed with his knowledge of what to expect in a wrongful death case. He pursued our claim in an aggressive manner while at the same time being very protective of our rights and privacy and sheltered us from any unnecessary contact with insurance agents, or any other adverse parties. My husband and I cannot say enough about the kindness, professionalism and legal ability demonstrated by Atwood, Holsten, Brown, Deaver, Spier & Israel Law Firm, P.C., L.L.O."

- RD

"...If it were not for this law firm all I would have received from this injury would have been a loss of income check and a pat on the back, goodbye. Which only would have been a fraction of what I actually received. He was always professional but more importantly he cared about me and my family as people not just a client. He went beyond his role as my lawyer. He even spoke with my bank and explained why I was behind on my car payment. And this saved me getting my car repossessed..."

- HR

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Lincoln, NE 68521

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Omaha, NE 68154

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